Anderson addresses retirement rumours after dismantling Dolan!

Gary Anderson rebuffed rumours of retirement after he cruised into the third round of the World Championship with an emphatic straight sets victory over Brendan Dolan on Monday night.

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MvG: There are only two threats to me at the Worlds!

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World number one Michael van Gerwen has claimed that there are only two threats to him at this year’s World Championship, which kicks off at the Alexandra Palace tomorrow evening.

Van Gerwen was discussing his world title prospects on the launch of his official YouTube channel in an interview with Chris Murphy, and the Dutchman believes there are only two players capable of halting his quest for a second World Championship title in January.

MvG, who insists that he expects to win the World Championship this year, claimed : “The biggest threats in the World Championship for me? I think there are two threats only; Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor. 

“Peter Wright is a guy who’s in form. He is nearly number two in the world and is doing fantastic. He’s very consistent but he needs to make some steps as well at this World Championships. He needs to show some extra explosion at the right moments in a semi-final or final, because he hasn’t done that yet,” Van Gerwen added. Continue reading “MvG: There are only two threats to me at the Worlds!”

2017 PDC World Darts Championship- Schedule Confirmed!

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The schedule of play for the William Hill World Darts Championship has been confirmed, and reigning world champion Gary Anderson will begin the defence of his title on the opening night, when the tournament gets underway on December 15th at the Alexandra Palace.

The 72-player field will be in action across the Christmas and New Year period as players battle to win the prestigious Sid Waddell Trophy, with a record £1.65 million prize fund on offer.

The first-round stage will span eight days, with the second-round taking place before and after the Christmas break. The third-round and quarter-finals will take place before the New Year, with the semi-finals on New Years day and the final on January 2nd.

World champion Gary Anderson headlines the opening night as he takes on PDPA qualifier Mark Frost. However, the opening match of the tournament will see former world finalist Kevin Painter take on 29th seed Jamie Caven. Jamie Lewis will meet Mick McGowan, whilst Michael Smith & Ricky Evans will contest a quick-fire showdown. Continue reading “2017 PDC World Darts Championship- Schedule Confirmed!”

World Championship Contenders- Robert Thornton

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With the 2016 PDC World-Championships just under a week away, I continue my assessment of the main challengers for this year’s title. One man who is going under the radar slightly, is World Number 6 and two-time major winner Robert Thornton.

8. Robert Thornton

Robert Thornton begins his assault for a maiden World-Championship crown with a very tough first-round tie against former Lakeside finalist Alan Norris.  The tenacious Scot will be favourite to progress, however he will have to perform extremely well to overcome ‘Chuck’.

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2016 Full PDC World Championship Draw

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Gary Anderson will begin the defence of his World Championship title against either Per Laursen or a PDPA qualifier, after the draw for the 2016 PDC World Championships was made on Sky Sports news on Monday morning.

World Number One Michael van Gerwen has been handed a kind draw, as he will meet the winner of the preliminary round clash between Thanawat Gaweenuntawong and Rene Eidams in the last 64.

Phil Taylor will begin his pursuit for a 17th World title against another preliminary qualifier. The 55-year-old will play either Keita Ono or Alex Tagarao in Round One.

Arguably the tie of the opening round sees World Number 4 Peter Wright take on former World-Youth Champion Keegan Brown. Brown has recorded a number of major scalps on the TV stage, so Snakebite will be in for a difficult tie.

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